Teaching Creative Writing: in conversation with editor Elaine Walker

Will Martin writes: Elaine is a writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, and is the volume editor of our Teaching Creative Writing. Her work includes Horse, The Horses and Steve’s Band. We got in touch with her to see what she’s been doing recently…

Elaine says: My PhD research on William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle (1593-1676), and his two horsemanship manuals, has often lead to work at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire. This was Newcastle’s favourite residence and the riding house he built there still remains – an elegant reminder of his great passion for riding as an art.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working with English Heritage, Atacama Films and Peter Greenwood of El Caballo d’Espana as part of their historical re-enactments of early modern horsemanship displays at Bolsover. I also gave an introductory talk at a special event for readers of Your Horse magazine, prior to one of Peter’s riding displays in March 2013.

I was also the consultant/script writer/voiceover for a short film based on my book To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight.

Elaine Walker is also a member of The National Association of Writers in Education, and she teaches Creative Writing in many university and community settings.

Elaine’s collection, Teaching Creative Writing is designed to showcase practical approaches developed by practitioners in the ever-growing community of writers in higher education.

Aimed at enabling those who teach the subject to review, borrow and adapt ideas, the emphasis throughout is on diversity.

Contributions from an international team of writers cover a variety of forms and genres and include traditional and innovative components of creative writing courses.

Click here for more information on Teaching Creative Writing.


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